The Oak Ridge Water Polo Program consists of Boys and Girls teams, both Varsity and Junior Varsity. Our program was established on and continues to reinforce principles of respect, honor, and commitment. The goal of our program is to create an environment conducive to learning and integrating these values into our daily lives. These rules are designed to outline the most basic requirements for every student/athlete in our program and establish a code of conduct that will assist in meeting our goals.
Code of Ethics: The duty of every parent, player and spectator.
Behavior: All players will treat teammates, coaches, officials, and opponents with dignity and respect. All athletes, regardless of ability, are equal members of the team and program. Representation: Players will conduct themselves at all times recognizing they are representing our team, coaching staff, school, and aquatics program in general.
Social Media: Our program supports and encourages the usage of social media to promote teammates, coaching staff and our aquatics program. No player may post any comment or photo that may be construed as negative, taunting, or insulting toward any teammate, coach, opponent or official.
Grades: All players are required to maintain a grade average of no less than 2.0.
Punctuality: All players are responsible to arrive prepared and ready to participate at every designated practice and game time (suit on, ready to play). Players must communicate directly with their coach to discuss any situation that interferes with a timely arrival. Balancing academic and athletic obligations requires great focus, effort, and time management. The coaching staff is prepared to help you learn and improve these abilities and subsequently will not accept poor application of these skills as an excuse to miss or arrive late for a practice or game.
Playing Time: Playing time is determined solely by the coaching staff. All players are to respect the decision of the coach and support their teammates in every contest. Our program plays games to win, but not at the sacrifice of any individual. Players are encouraged to talk with their coach regarding improvements that may create more playing time for them at future contests.
Contact with Staff: Every player is responsible for communicating questions, concerns and complaints directly with their coach. If a player is unable to resolve the issue they may ask for assistance from their parent and/or head coach. If meeting with the coach and head coach does not provide a satisfactory resolution the player may set an appointment with the Athletic Director to discuss the situation. There is a 24 hour cooling off period required before initiating any game or practice related dispute with any coach or staff member. At no time will the coaching staff engage in or permit player/coach or parent/coach discussions relating to another player's skill or ability.
Failure to follow the Team Rules will result in disciplinary action at the coach's discretion, including warnings, suspension from practices and games, and removal from the team.